His father pressured him to attend training, although the youngster was not particularly drawn to football. Catalano asked him to join Monaco without even attending a trial first.
Catalano requested that Henry complete a course at the elite INF Clairefontaine academy, and despite the director's reluctance to admit Henry due to his poor school results, he was allowed to complete the course and joined Arsène Wenger's Monaco as a youth player.
Although Wenger suspected that Henry should be deployed as a striker, he put Henry on the left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball control and skill would be more effective against full backs than centre-backs.
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The team also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing 2–1 to Liverpool.
Henry remained frustrated, however, by the fact that he had yet to help the club win honours, and frequently expressed his desire to establish Arsenal as a powerhouse.
In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, he transferred to Barcelona for a fee of €24 million.
In 2009, he was an integral part of the club's historic treble when they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
Entering the 2003–04 season, Arsenal were determined to reclaim the Premier League crown.
Henry was again instrumental in Arsenal's exceptionally successful campaign; together with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires, Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process.
He won two FA Cups and two league titles at the club, including one unbeaten.
In 20, Henry was the runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year.
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class player.